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Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities Paperback – November 16, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-1597260534 ISBN-10: 1597260533 Edition: 2nd

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"Through considerable professional experience and superb writing, Patrick Condon has honed the public design charrette process into a sharp tool for shaping the sustainable future we all seek for our regional and community landscapes. Design Charrettes should be part of every concerned designer's tool box."
(Robert Thayer FASLA, FCELA, author of Gray World, Green Heart and Lifeplace)

"Patrick Condon is the master of the design charrette, and this book will become the 'Idiot's Guide' to this highly effective planning tool. Condon clearly describes how to organize and carry out a successful charrette. He also illuminates the ways that charrettes can create both the vision and the public support needed to design the more sustainable communities that we must build in coming decades."
(Robert D. Yaro president, Regional Plan Association)

"Patrick Condon's book is designed to encourage broad community action, not individual introspection. In a time of global climate change and civic disengagement, that is exactly what our cities need today!"
(Robert Liberty Portland Metro Council, former Executive Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon)

"I recommend Patrick Condon's Design Charrettes for Sustainable Developments. It is a valuable tool for those interested in learning more about and conducting design charrettes for sustainable communities."

"The author gives a compelling description of the decline into unsustainable incoherence of post-1950s planning."
(Period Homes)

"The design charrette has gained popularity and notoriety among many communities as a powerful tool for public participation in recent years, and this book provides a step-by-step manual to harness this power. Drawing on Condon's years of experience shaping and honing the charrette process, this book is a straightforward guide that lays out the essential steps and best practices for running a productive design charrette. His advice is equally applicable to public officials, develpers and the general public—offering an insider's view into the somewhat complicated process of pushing plans forward with both transparency and an ear to the public voice."
(Planetizen's Top 10 Books List, 2008 Edition)

About the Author

Patrick Condon is a professor in the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and holder of the UBC James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments. Since 1994 he has organized and participated in over a score of design charrettes for sustainable communities. He is a senior researcher in the Design Center for Sustainable Communities at UBC, whose goal is to advance the practice sustainable community development in North America.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 2 edition (November 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597260533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597260534
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Condon on November 14, 2008
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Written by Lisa Brideau but submitted by author unaltered.

Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities
July 23, 2008
Author: Patrick Condon (Island Press, 2007)

Design charrettes are one of the best planning tools in the planner's arsenal, this I've known for a while. But the details of what it takes to make a charrette successful have never been spelled out for me; I've learned from watching and experiencing mostly. So Patrick Condon's book Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities was a welcome addition to my library - a chance to hear from an expert on how to do it right.
Design charrettes are those exhausting multi-day events where you get a very particular group of people together (designers and stakeholders, the mix depending on your purpose) and hammer out a vision or plan for an area. You just roll up your sleeves and do it. No hemming and hawing for months, just do it. It's thrilling and amazing and very tiring to be involved in one but the outcome is often a great plan that would have otherwise taken months or years to put together.

Patrick Condon, a landscape architecture professor and head of UBC's James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments , has organized and participated in scores of design charrettes. In this book he shares all the gritty details of why you need to have charrettes, which kind to have, and what you have to do to make them work (before, during, and after).

Although Condon has aimed to write the book to be understandable by the average citizen, his real target audience is those who have access to the funding and connections necessary to put on a charrette of the type he describes: municipal staff, politicians, large non-profit groups, etc.
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